Smoked salmon with beetroot & vodka crème fraîche

Smoked salmon with beetroot & vodka crème fraîche

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins No cook


Serves 6
A hit of vodka gives this classic a new edge. Serve with a shot of vodka for full effect

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal189
  • fat15g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.37g
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  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 3 tsp vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

  • 2 tsp hot horseradish sauce
    Horseradish root on a wooden chopping board


    hors rad-ish

    Horseradish root is larger than an ordinary radish, and has a hot, peppery flavour.


  • 6 slices smoked salmon
  • 250g pack small, cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), thinly sliced, then shredded



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • salmon caviar (optional)



    Caviar is salted fish eggs (roe) and is widely regarded as the most luxurious food item in the…

  • few small, torn dill sprigs


  1. Beat the crème fraîche with the vodka and a little seasoning until it holds its shape, then stir in the horseradish. Chill in the fridge.

  2. Lay the slices of salmon over plates, then top with the beetroot and a spoonful of the crème fraîche. Top with the salmon caviar, if using, then scatter with the dill. Grind over some black pepper and serve.

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26th Dec, 2016
Did this as starter on Christmas day, the vodka shot was fun - the 20-somethings were impressed at Nan downing it in one! I think 15 mins prep is ambitious - it took me at least that long to prep the beetroot. But delicious and very easy. Definitely on my dinner party recipe list, thank you.
26th Dec, 2015
Perfect Christmas Dinner starter. Stress free but special and delicious. We got some lumpfish caviar which worked really well.
14th Feb, 2013
This is an easy recipe with a big WOW factor. 5 stars from me
27th Jun, 2012
Glorious. Just Glorious! And very simple to prepare. Brilliant.
28th Jan, 2012
Easy for a dinner party - you can prepare the creme fraiche (definitely with more horseradish than stated) and beetroot in advance and store in separate tubs, then assemble just before serving. I used ordinary caviar as couldn't get salmon, just as nice. It received great praise, will be making it again.
9th Jan, 2012
Looks great on the plate. I served with a shot of vodka to add to the dinner party fun!
8th Jan, 2012
This was fab and very easy to put together. Yummy taste and everybody enjoyed it.
2nd Jan, 2012
Wow! This was simply delicious! I made this for my New Year's Day dinner party and the combination of flavours was amazing. I did as ChefCaston suggested and added lemon zest and dill, and served it on a bed of rocket-gorgeous! I found that I couldn't get the creme fraiche to thicken, so I folded whipped double cream through it. I found that made it even lighter and even more delicious!
20th Nov, 2011
A spectacular looking starter (especially with ChefCaston's suggestion of an added bed of rocket). Brilliant colours, topped with a sprinkling of salmon roe like precious jewels, plus the bonus that it is dead easy to prepare. I'd agree that more horseradish helps, but the vodka didn't add that much to be honest. If you want to o/d on the added flavourings, the creme fraiche can go sloppy, although strenuous whipping should bring it back. All in all, "minimum effort ... maximum satisfaction", to coin a phrase!
27th Feb, 2011
Great starter simple to make but looks and tastes fab, served with a shot of Grey Goose. Would add more horseradish next time.


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